Drama is an integral part of Student’s education
Children & Drama
Maybe you’re a parent whose son or daughter wants to get involved in theatre. Maybe you’re an educator who wants to expose your students to the performing arts, but you struggle to justify it to the Powers That Be in an age of budget cuts and standardized tests. Either way, the question you’re asking yourself is, “How valuable is drama to a child’s education?” After all, most kids won’t go on from elementary school drama club to star on Broadway.
Yet here at Drama by George, we believe that the arts should be an integral part of every student’s education. Here are eight reasons why.
Performing onstage can give even the most timid child a new sense of self-confidence. The stage is a place where some kids–particularly those who may not have other noticeable gifts–will be able to shine.
Rehearsing a play builds collaboration skills and a sense of community, just like team sports. Kids learn quickly that there’s an entire group of actors depending on them to work hard and do their best.
As “soft” skills (like making presentations and communicating clearly with groups) become more valuable in the workplace, drama can give children a head start towards developing those competencies.
During much of the school day, children are expected to memorize and regurgitate facts. The arts give them an opportunity to unleash their imaginations and create something all their own.
Drama gives even “hyper” kids a healthy way to release their energy.
Research demonstrates that theatre can help young actors develop empathy for people different from them.
A Richer Life
Cultivating an appreciation for the performing arts when children are young can enrich their entire lifetimes with a world of cultural experiences.
And of course, theatre is just plain fun.